March 26, 2015


Contest Philanthropy at the Council on Foundations: A Troubling Dynamic


The agenda for the annual meeting of the Council on Foundations includes a “shark tank” like  competition  for nonprofits to get the attention of philanthropy. Does this stuff make sense and what is the meaning nonprofits should draw?

A Different Vision of Rural Philanthropy from Nebraska’s Jeff Yost

YostIn this edition of the Cohen Report, Rick talks with the Nebraska Community Foundation’s Jeff Yost in a wide-ranging conversation about everything from rural community building to approaches to rural philanthropy from the perspective of a community foundation that thinks like a community developer.


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  • Non profitAs organizational theorists have described it, an organization’s risk of dying is highest at the point of its founding and decreases with age. So it is essential for new ...

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Billionaire Mining Mogul Frank Giustra Won’t Be “Another Rich, Dead Dude”

GuistraThe terms “pinkwashing” and “greenwashing” have become familiar, but attempts to use philanthropy to wash away sins are far more widespread.

Left-Wing Echo of the Trilateral Commission?

Dark MoneyA secretive group of liberal mega-funders is profiled by Vox.

Ice Buckets and the Psychology of Giving

Ice bucket challengeWhy is it that millions of people will pour cold water on themselves but avoid contact with someone asking for a donation?

Philanthropy Jumpstarts Homeless Veterans Project in Washington, DC

Homeless Vets

Foundations, working in a public-private partnership with the government, seed fund a housing development that will provide for 60 homeless vets.

Gates Fdn to Require Open Access Publishing of Research It Funds

GatesIn a blow for open access publishing, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will require its use by Gates-funded research.

Stanford University Focuses on Arts District

Silicon ValleyStanford University invests in an Arts District amid the technological prowess of Silicon Valley.